New guidance has been issued by the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) to support strategic engagement between local authorities, the NHS and the independent and voluntary adult social care sector.
The CPA’s ‘Seven principles for the engagement of individual providers on behalf of the wider independent and voluntary adult social care sector’ are designed to ensure social care providers are fully engaged in strategic decisions by managing any potential conflicts of interest.
Bridget Warr CBE, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance’s Programme Board, said: “The independent and voluntary adult social care sector is ready to work more closely and strategically with local authorities and the NHS. The adoption of these principles by care providers should reassure our statutory sector colleagues that there is nothing to stop them working with the sector, and if people are to receive care that is properly joined up, it is essential that this should happen in every local area.
“We would encourage adult social care providers to adopt these principles and we hope that, if they encounter any reluctance by their statutory sector colleagues to engage, the adoption of these principles will help overcome it.
“The principles have been developed as part of a programme of work funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. I am delighted that the principles are also supported by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).”